Attorney General’s Office Holds Office Hours in All 75 Counties for Third Year in a RowThu, Dec 7, 2017
Staff met with nearly 1,000 Arkansans
SALEM – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that her office has held office hours once again in 75 counties, marking the third consecutive year the office has reached this milestone.
“The mobile office initiative began as a way to reach consumers where they live,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “It is important that Arkansans know they do not have to drive to downtown Little Rock to file a consumer complaint or learn more about the diversity of services we provide. The expansion of the initiative to include prescription drug take backs and presentations on common scams and internet safety has made an impact protecting Arkansans statewide.”
In 2017, nearly 1,000 Arkansans have visited an Attorney General Mobile Office.
Mobile offices provide a location to personally assist consumers in filing consumer complaints and answer questions about the full range of services provided by the Attorney General’s office.
Attorney General Rutledge created the mobile office initiative in May 2015 so that her office and staff would be accessible to everyone, not just those who call the capital city home. After the success of the initiative in 2015, Rutledge expanded the services offered at mobile offices to include Prescription Drug Take Back boxes. The office partners with local law enforcement agencies across the State to handle a secure box and properly dispose of the prescriptions collected. Since the addition of this service, the boxes have allowed authorities to properly dispose of nearly 200 pounds of old or unused medications.
For more information about services provided by the Attorney General’s office, visit ArkansasAG.gov or call (501) 682-2007. Rutledge can also be found on Facebook at facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge and on Twitter at twitter.com/AGRutledge.
Rutledge Announces Phillips County Man Sentenced for Medicaid FraudThu, Dec 7, 2017
Says, ‘Brett Ford scammed an important program’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a Helena-West Helena man for Medicaid fraud. Brett Ford pleaded no contest in Pulaski County District Court and must pay $933.12 in fines to the General Fund to the State of Arkansas and $311.04 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund.
“Investigators and attorneys at the Attorney General’s office continue to investigate and prosecute these crimes,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Brett Ford scammed an important program, which is relied on by some of the most vulnerable Arkansans. I will continue to make it a top priority of my office to stop this type of fraud.”
Ford, 35, of Helena-West Helena pleaded no contest to one count of Medicaid fraud, a Class A misdemeanor for billing for services during the time that the Medicaid recipient was hospitalized in August 2015.
This case was referred to the MFCU by the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General and was prosecuted in cooperation with the Office of the 6th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.
To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, complete the online form at ArkansasAG.gov, call the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or email email@example.com.
Rutledge Fights to End California’s Restrictive Egg RegulationsMon, Dec 4, 2017
Defending Arkansas from California’s over-regulation
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she has joined 11 other states in challenging in the U.S. Supreme Court California’s attempt to impose agricultural regulations on Arkansas egg producers.
Arkansas is challenging a California law requiring egg producers to comply with California’s farming regulations to sell eggs in California. The suit claims that California’s mandated cage sizes violates federal law prohibiting states from imposing their own standards on eggs produced in other states, and the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which give Congress exclusive authority to regulate commerce among and between states.
“Arkansans care deeply about the quality of the products they produce,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Congress has already set forth a national safe and reliable standard for egg producers. California is attempting to usurp those standards by creating new regulations and forcing them on other states. These standards are unnecessarily burdensome to farmers across the country.”
Arkansas is joined in the challenge by Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah and Wisconsin.
Rutledge Urges Supreme Court to Stay Ruling on POTUS Travel ProclamationMon, Dec 4, 2017
Says, ‘The President is lawfully granted this authority’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court requesting a stay of a decision limiting the Trump administration’s travel proclamation.
“The Supreme Court must stay this order as further proceedings on this issue are pending,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The President is lawfully granted this authority to make national security and immigration policy to keep Americans safe.”
Congress has specifically granted the President broad authority under 8 U.S. Code § 1182, which says, “whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”
“When it comes to deciding the best way to use a sovereign’s power over its borders to manage risk, courts have long recognized that the political branches are uniquely well situated,” explained Rutledge and her colleagues in the brief.
Arkansas is joined in the amicus brief by Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.
Rutledge Calls on Congress to Allow Concealed Carry ReciprocityFri, Dec 1, 2017
Says, ‘protect Americans’ Second Amendment rights as they travel across the country’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge joined a coalition of 25 states urging Congress to pass legislation to allow law-abiding individuals to travel state to state while lawfully exercising their right to carry.
In the letter sent today to House and Senate leadership, the attorneys general explained that the Second Amendment historically has guaranteed the right to carry firearms outside the home for self-defense, but some states refuse to recognize any out-of-state concealed carry permits. The Attorneys General believe Congress should enact concealed carry reciprocity legislation to help implement the right to self-defense.
“Congress should step in to protect Americans’ Second Amendment rights as they travel across the country,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “The idea that some states do not accept any out-of-state concealed carry permits is unconstitutional and puts their residents at a greater risk of danger. The potential presence of a concealed carry holder often deters others from engaging in violence.”
The letter also notes that both the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 and the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed handgun but do not allow for firearms carried by felons, those involuntarily committed to mental health facilities and other persons prohibited by federal law from possessing or receiving firearms.
In addition to Arkansas, the states of Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming signed the letter.
Rutledge Urges Arkansas Public Service Commission to Pursue a Balanced Net Metering Pricing PolicyThu, Nov 30, 2017
Says ‘the current credit structure would provide financial benefits for net metering customers on the backs of hardworking Arkansans’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced she is recommending a net metering rule change to the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Net metering is a bill credit that customers may receive if they have a distributed energy system, such as rooftop solar energy, which generates excess energy. That excess energy can subsequently be put back into the overall electrical system for all customers.
“I support the individual use of rooftop solar and other renewable technologies, but urge the commission to set a bill credit rate using the same methods it uses to set utility rates for all customers,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The changes I recommend are designed to avoid placing an undue burden on other electricity customers. Continuing the current credit structure would provide financial benefits for net metering customers on the backs of hardworking Arkansans who cannot or do not install individual use renewable technologies. This rule change must reflect rates that are fair to all customers.”
Since 2001 the Arkansas legislature has encouraged individual-use renewable technologies, like solar panels, wind turbines or other self-generation systems. In 2016, the legislature amended the law to allow the Public Service Commission to determine the level of the bill credit such customers should receive for the excess electricity generated.